Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 1997: by Josef Küng, Richard Sikora, Roland R. Wagner, Wolfram Wöß

By Josef Küng, Richard Sikora, Roland R. Wagner, Wolfram Wöß (auth.), Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. A. Min Tjoa (eds.)

For the fourth time now, specialists in tourism from quite a few nations come to wait the input convention for you to tell themselves and others concerning the present devel­ opments within the utilization of knowledge and conversation applied sciences. The input convention is assumed as a platform for the trade of principles, experi­ ences, reviews, and visions between scientists and practitioners. The visions awarded on the final 3 input meetings have prompted many necessities of vital on-going and deliberate tasks within the software of communique and data applied sciences in tourism. The scope of the papers of this complaints covers the latest and appropriate to­ portraits in our niche. The periods are basically dedicated to clever brokers and structures, the long run position of worldwide (reservation) structures, the hot. possibilities of info­ base functions as a result of the most modern technological advancements. and specially the function of the net (and Intranet). i want to specific my cordial due to all associations actively assisting this occasion, specifically: • The Edinburgh & Lothian vacationer Board • The foreign Federation of data expertise in Tourism (IFITT) numerous humans spent quite a few hours organizing the clinical programme of EN­ TER. The names of such a lot of them will look within the following pages.

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In certain newspapers, a snow cover map appears once per week. The various information services are being integrated such that they will be supported by a single database together with various application programs. Many kinds of users access these information services. Examples are mountain guides or people responsible for ski resorts who need detailed information on the snow situation, such as snow profiles and avalanche paths, in order that they can predict avalanche danger. Other users are tourists just interested in the general snow situation in the Swiss Alps to decide, for example, where to go skiing.

Rockard and De Long [5] identify four basic functions ofEIS: 22 • • • • Communication tools support executives' interaction with people using phone, voice mail, electronic mail, and fax Organizing tools, which include to-do lists, electronic calendars, group scheduling software, and project management tools, can be used to assists executives in organizing their tasks and managing their schedules. Data and status access tools allow executives to have access to external information via electronic news services and external databases.

Prefetching of data into the local cache. The reduction of network traffic is achieved in two ways. First, cooperation between the server and client agents ensures that only new and updated information is transferred from the server, and other information is accessed via the local cache. Our approach goes beyond standard WWW caching as we can decompose pages and detect changes to only parts of a page. For example, a weather map could be decomposed such that the background, which remains the same, could be fetched from the local cache, while the updated information such as temperature readings are transferred from the server.

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